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Asus launches 100% recyclable laptops

Asus launches 100% recyclable laptops

Asus has launched a range of bamboo laptops that are 100% recyclable.

Asus has previously experimented with Bamboo covered laptops, but when we last saw them the bamboo was really just a lid covering, rather than a central component of the chassis. That is set to change with a series of new laptops that use much more bamboo that Asus claims the machines are entirely recyclable.

You might think of bamboo as a novelty but there are some benefits, starting with touch: it feels lovely so that's one up over plastic, and it isn't cold or heavy as metal is. Not only that but it doesn't pickup finger and palm prints either. Asus claims it should still look as new even after significant use.

Asus also pointed out additional benefits in that the whole notebook is 100 per cent recyclable, and that after forming the bamboo parts first, 75 per cent less plastic is used in the injection moulding method of manufacture: 0.5mm of plastic to 1.5mm of bamboo.

The Ux3 of laptops are effectively the bamboo-made alternative to the Ux5 series and will be available in 13in, 14in and 15.6in sizes (models U33Jc, U43Jc and U53Jc respectively. At 31 - 34mm thick, they aren't 'ultra thin' ULs - although they do include an optical drive.

Asus states these new machines offer an 11 hour battery life and the latest 'Super Hybrid Engine' can also improve the CPU performance an additional 11 per cent via automated overclocking. All the machines get the same Core i5-450M CPU with Nvidia GeForce 310M 1GB graphics and Optimus Technology, USB 3 ports and a 500GB hard drive. What's disappointing is the paultry 2GB of DDR3 offered: this is likely in response to increasing memory prices to keep the cost down.

The U33 uses an 8-cell battery while still manages to keep the weight at just 1.8kg, however the U43 and U53 ship with (physically larger) 6-cells but are 2.1kg a much meatier 2.76kg respectively.

At £900-£950 (based on a rough conversion from Taiwan NTD) they aren't that expensive, but it's still an investment and you've got to weigh up whether the unique bamboo style is worth the cost over the £825-875 U35/U45 range. Fancy yourself something different in a bamboo notebook? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Asus launches 100% recyclable laptops *Asus' latest bamboo notebooks are 100% recycleable
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Asus launches 100% recyclable laptops *Asus' latest bamboo notebooks are 100% recycleable Asus launches 100% recyclable laptops *Asus' latest bamboo notebooks are 100% recycleable
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Skill3d 14th May 2010, 14:01 Quote
oooh that's pretty the 2/3gb memory thing is a shame though...
javaman 14th May 2010, 14:03 Quote
Wasn't this is CPC over a year ago?
proxess 14th May 2010, 14:08 Quote
Ohh very nice.
mi1ez 14th May 2010, 14:10 Quote
Nice machines, probably pretty nice to use too, but not at £75 extra!
Scootiep 14th May 2010, 14:29 Quote
It's sad, but when i look at this, all I can think of is Bender's downgrade to his wooden body in Futurama...
mrbens 14th May 2010, 14:40 Quote
Some nice looking new laptops here and with the aluminium in the other post.

BTW in your first sentence you pressed ',' instead of 'm'!
"but when we last saw the, the bamboo was really just a lid covering"
lacuna 14th May 2010, 15:29 Quote
oh I rather like the look of those, not in the market for a laptop at the moment but maybe next year when my current laptop celebrates its 8th birthday...
rickysio 14th May 2010, 15:31 Quote
Panda's can't even be bothered to copulate - would they bother about food?
thehippoz 14th May 2010, 15:38 Quote
hmm the older ones look better
Ending Credits 14th May 2010, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Panda's can't even be bothered to copulate - would they bother about food?

Of course they would. Why do you think they're so reluctant to copulate in the first place? :D
Azayles 14th May 2010, 16:41 Quote
This puts me in mind of the wooden cabinet TVs from days of old - but in a good way. Very sleek design :D
The_Beast 14th May 2010, 17:18 Quote
Cool design, but I like the models better ;)
Denis_iii 14th May 2010, 17:27 Quote
to confirm, the entire laptop is recyclable? lcd? keyboard? pcb? cpu? mem?
if so, good job asus and well worth the extra cost
dolphin-promotions 14th May 2010, 17:47 Quote
How does the bamboo effect heat dissipation? I thought the trend towards aluminium bodies was to aid cooling?
docodine 14th May 2010, 21:38 Quote
Wooden trackpad? Rubbing a wood sheet all day would wear it down pretty quick, quicker than plastic, right?
Azayles 14th May 2010, 22:06 Quote
Actually I imagine the bamboo laminate on the trackpad would be quite tough and hardwearing. And just how much pressure are you going to put on a track pad anyway?
Sloth 14th May 2010, 22:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Wooden trackpad? Rubbing a wood sheet all day would wear it down pretty quick, quicker than plastic, right?
I figured it'd be even tougher. I've worn smooth many a keyboard and mouse, yet have seen hardwood floors a century old which are still quite decent. Wood is very durable, bamboo particularly so!
Cupboard 14th May 2010, 23:08 Quote
Lance 14th May 2010, 23:50 Quote
I think it looks great appart from that thickness! 34mm! Especially on a 13" laptop. At £900 i'd rather not.
Fizzban 15th May 2010, 00:07 Quote
What a brilliant idea! Looks nice too.
docodine 15th May 2010, 04:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sloth
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
Wooden trackpad? Rubbing a wood sheet all day would wear it down pretty quick, quicker than plastic, right?
I figured it'd be even tougher. I've worn smooth many a keyboard and mouse, yet have seen hardwood floors a century old which are still quite decent. Wood is very durable, bamboo particularly so!

If so, great. IIRC it still scratches really easily, I don't actually know which would be the more durable material.
s3v3n 15th May 2010, 09:18 Quote
i somehow doubt the 100% part. is the lcd 100% recyclable? the cpu? the motherboard? last i saw on tv, those things were sent off to hong kong to be melted in a tin cup.
Phil Rhodes 15th May 2010, 12:44 Quote
Melting in a tin cup is not recycling?

There tends to be trace but significant amounts of gold in most of the gear we covet, which tends to make it worth reclaiming; other things, like tin, tend to be grabbed while they're at it. The PCBs, I suspect, are the least of our troubles - other than that they're made of epoxy-fixed fiberglass, and epoxy is an environmental nightmare.
Azayles 15th May 2010, 16:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
The touchpad in the picture looks pretty worn/greasy.

http://images.bit-tech.net/news_images/2010/05/asus-launches-100-recyclable-laptops/bamboo1.jpg

I'm more concerned with the keyboard looking like it's FULL of crumbs lol
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